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Why does Dell Touchpad settings disappear after rebooting when running Vista?

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Because vista is not very driver friendly...try re-downloading it and putting it on your desktop to see if it's deleting the file, or filing it in some location that makes sense only to vista...So, go back to Dell and download the Synaptic driver for your PC thats vista compatable. I haven't been to dell in eons but they use to offer two different drivers, you want the Synaptic driver. That should put a icon down by the clock to give you quick access to the settings..

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My daughter has a dell laptop. the mouse is not working. she wasn't able to right click now she can't use it at all. she feels she might have disabled it.


Hi, most probably you are refering to the built-in touch pad on the laptop, because a mouse is actually an external device, which can also be used on a laptop. But, I am presuming that you are refering to the touchpad, rather than a mouse, since it is a laptop.
There are 2 possibilities :-
1) there my be a hardware failure, as far as the touchpad component is concerned. And how do you find this out ?
Is your duaghter's Dell Laptop still covered under Hardware Warranty from Dell ? If yes, then call Dell Hardware Technical Support 1-800-624-9896 (24/7) , (I am presuming that you are in the US) and they would diagnose (at no charge) whether there is any hardware failure with the laptop's touchpad component. If there is, then Dell would send you a technician and get it replaced.
If your daughter's Dell laptop does NOT have a Hardware Warranty, then Dell Dell Hardware Technical Support would charge you US$ 59.00 as a diagnostics fee, to provide phone support, in order to diagnose if the touchpad is defective or not.
Incase your daughter's Dell laptop does NOT have a Hardware Warranty, then try what is mentioned in point # 2 below, before you spend US$ 59.00 as a diagnostics fee.
2) The second and most likely reason for the issue is that the settings for the touchpad have been changed. You can get the settings corrected using the Dell Touchpad Utility. If you are using vista or windows 7, just type in " Dell Touchpad Utility " in the start search option, by clicking on the windows start logo on the left side of the taskbar, open the Dell Touchpad Utility, and correct the settings, for example, right click may be disabled, etc.
You may even re-install the driver for the touchpad, by going to www.support.dell.com, click on support for home users, Drivers and Downloads, then enter either the service tag of the Dell Laptop or select the model, you will get a concise list of drivers for your specific product model : from there, download & re-install the touchpad;s driver listed in Input Device Drivers, after which reboot the laptop and the issue most probably should get resolved.
It would have been nice to know the exact model of the Dell Laptop and the Operating System that is running on it.
But, please do try the above and I hope the issue gets resolved.

Sep 19, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Dell inspiron 1545 mouse pad not working


You need to install the Dell touchpad drivers and application from the Dell support website to access the properties. You can download the drivers from the link after you select the correct Operating system version: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INSPIRON1545&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=. Save the file on desktop and right click on it, to Run as Administrator. Install the drivers and reboot your system. Now you would be able to access the Touchpad properties from the Mouse properties in Control Panel.

Feb 19, 2010 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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How do I disable touchpad when mouse is used DELL 1525 vista home


Follow these steps to change the touchpad settings on your laptop:
1. From the Start menu, click Control Panel. With Control Panel in Category View, click Printers and Other Hardware.
2. In the Printers and Other Hardware window, click the Mouse icon.
3. In the Mouse Properties dialog box, click the Device Settings tab, and then click Settings.
4. There is a setting calleed "Disable Touch Pad when USB Pointing Device is present"

Jan 28, 2010 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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I have a dell insipron 1545, the mouse keys below the touchpad have stopped working in normal mode but will work in safe mode. I have Windows Vista


It seems to be a conflict with Touchpad drivers. For once, you can try a System Restore to resolve this issue. Else, you need to install the Dell touchpad drivers and application from the Dell support website to resolve this. You can download the drivers from the link after you select the correct Operating system version: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INSPIRON1545&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=. Save the file on desktop and right click on it, to Run as Administrator. Install the drivers and reboot your system. Now your Touchpad should work normally even in safemode.

Oct 23, 2009 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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When I go to Mouse Properties and click to change


well try to run a tool called dialer fix ,,,,,u can get the download option in google

Jul 12, 2009 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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Brand new dell xps laptop, touchpad will not scroll.


The Dell touchpad settings can be accessed in Vista by going to Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Mouse. If the box that appears when you open the mouse properties doesn't say anything about dell then you need to install the driver for the touchpad. To do this go to http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen and then click "Enter a Tag", then enter your service tag, which can be found on the underside of your computer, into the box and click "Go". After selecting the operating system that is running on the machine click the little + icon next to "Imput Device Drivers" and once that expands download and install the one that says "Dell - Driver Applies to Touchpad / Pointing Stick". Once it is installed the computer may need to restart.

May 05, 2009 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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Have an Inspiron 1525 Dell, touchpad stopped working, it has windows vista


the above link is not working right now so just go to www.dell.com then select "downloads" and then select your computer model and download the latest touchpad driver!!
then your problem is solved..

Jan 15, 2009 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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Dell touchpad needs resetting every boot up


You can try to update or reinstall the touchpad driver. Click this and run the file. Restart when prompted. Try adjusting it again and see if the settings are retained.

Nov 02, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Dell I1720 Touchpad will not save settings. every time I reboot I have to manualy bump up the touchpad speed.


Click this if your computer runs on windows vista or this if it runs on windows XP. Run the file to update or reinstall your touchpad driver. Reboot when prompted and readjust the touchpad settings. Restart to check if the settings are kept.

Sep 22, 2008 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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Dell touchpad disappeared


Try using your touch pad when your laptop is running on batteries (while power supply is disconnected).
Many of new power supply supplied with dell laptops are faulty and cause touchpad to work erratically/horribly

Jul 28, 2008 | Dell F3534 Touchpad

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